Tixall Mews      The early 19th century stables for the Georgian Hall at Tixall, built by Thomas Clifford. They are built of local sandstone with mullioned windows and a slate roof. 
     In 1833 they were described as lately built of stone at great expense, forming a crescent behind, and at a short and convenient distance from the house.
    The centre is two storeyed, embattled and  with a Gothic portico. It originally served as the coach house for 10 carriages and has vaulted cellars. On either side are the ranges of originally single storied, stables which had stalls for 40 horses, with a two storied embattled tower at either end for grooms, coachmen and other servants. The buildings were converted to residential use in the 1970s.

THE BOTHIE AT TIXALL MEWS - Grade II:- Plan of Tixall Stables  

     This was originally one of a pair of buildings behind the stables, called garden houses in the official listing description, but probably used to house servants or agricultural labourers.The other building was demolished to make room for a potatoe store by a previous owner.


     The brick farmhouse and farm-buildings were listed when they were sold for development in the 1980s.   They are a good example of an early 19th or late 18th
century purpose-built model farm.

Roadside Frontage of Tixall Farm before conversion     Originally there was a long range of roadside buildings with a central entrance tower and dovecote, leading to an enclosed yard surrounded by barns and other single storey buildings, leading through a further archway up the hill to the farmhouse behind. 
    The yard used to contain additional buildings including a large cowshed, which were demolished when the buildings were converted to residential use in the 1990s.
Roadside Dutch Barn at Tixall farm

     Prominent beside the road at the east end is a large an impressive contemporary "Dutch" barn with 5 brick arched openings.


Bottle Lodge before restoration    This is a curious octagonal lodge in ashlar stone with an ogee stone vaulted roof. There is a central stone chimney, moulded stone eves, mullioned windows and a cambered stone doorway. 
    The building stands at the roadside opposite Tixall Farm, at the Tixall end of the bridleway connecting Tixall to Great Haywood, where the Astons and Cliffords held further land and property. Bottle Lodge was previously known as the Upper Lodge, with the Lower or White Lodge, at the Haywood Mill end of the Bridleway.
    The chimney was straightened when the building was restored a few years ago for use as rented accommodation, with single rooms upstairs and downstairs. In the 19th century it was used to house the local shepherd with his children sleeping in the farmbuildings on the other side of the road.


Rotunda or Temple at Tixall    This originally stood in the Wood Field at Ingestre, and was moved to Tixall in the 1960s when the Ingestre Estate was sold. It has been attributed to Capability Brown, who is known to have carried out work at Ingestre in the mid 18th century. It is described as an open, stone, domed structure of octagonal plan with Doric or Tuscan columns and enriched entablature.

TIXALL OBELISK  - Grade II (An Ancient Monument):-

Tixall Obelisk
   A hexagonal sandstone obelisk with a stepped base, inscribed with the date 1776 and Stafford 3½ miles, it also gives mileages to Lichfield  and London. It was probably erected when Thomas Clifford re-routed the road which used to run straight through the village on the edge of Tixall Park, to the south around the outside of his new walled garden. 

TIXALL HOUSE - Grade II (formerly Tixall Cottage):- 

Tixall House    A colourwashed brick building in the local Regency manner with tiled roof , brick chimneys and casement windows. The central door has a wood bracketted hood and a rectangular fanlight. It is thought to date from the early 19th century.
    The extensive gardens include the old walled garden and glasshouses of the 18th century hall, and are bounded by a high beech hedge.


This is an example of the K6 type telephone kiosk, designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and made by various contractors in cast iron. It is a square kiosk with a domed roof, decorated with unperforated crowns at the top of the panels.


Dairy Bridge   An ashlar faced bridge with a single small Gothic arch, moulded pilasters on both sides and a heavy coped parapet. On the east side is the inscription "HIC VER PERPETUUM" - Here everlasting spring. It is thought to be 18th century, built by Thomas Clifford as part of his reorganisation of the estate to serve as a carriage route to the hall, over a walkway to his new walled gardens.


   An ashlar bridge over the River Sow with 3 spans and segmental arches, the central higher than the others. There are moulded stringcourses on both sides.
    Holdiford Road originally crossed the river below the Dark Lantern at Shugborough and passed near what is now Lock Farm. The river crossing was moved at the request of Thomas Anson, and at the expense of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Company when the canal was built in 1772. 


Brindley's Aqueduct   A four span stone aquedauct with segmental arches carrying the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal over the River Sow to the west of Holdiford Bridge. The stone is reputed to have come from the small quarry at the entrance to Old Hill in Holdiford road.
    The aqueduct was originally built on dry land to the south of the river, and the river was then diverted under it.
    The World War II concrete pill-box at the south was removed some years ago when the aqueduct was restored by British Waterways.


Old School at Tixall now used as a Village Hall    The village hall is not listed but stands within the Conservation Area in the centre of the village opposite the church. It was built in 1850 on land given by Lord Shrewsbury. The school closed in the early 1900s and in the 1950s the building was extended with the addition of a kitchen, internal toilets and a committee room. It is currently being renovated to serve as the Village Hall for both Tixall and Ingestre. The hall is available for hire.


Stone Seat nearest to Tixall    These seats are now listed, and lie outside the Conservation Area.They were erected in memory of Thomas Hartshorne who built and lived at the new Brancote Farm, replacing the Old Farm nearer the river. He had put up wooden seats for travellers to rest on on their way to and from Stafford.

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